Looking Forward to 2019 Cox Plate MVRC Invites Northern Raiders

For the first time in years, there will be no Winx in the Cox Plate.

The weight-for-age championship of Australia is flirting with the risk of becoming another Melbourne Cup, as the MVRC is issuing invitations to internationals to compete.

One is German Group 1 winner Danceteria.

Foaled in France in May of 2015, Danceteria is by Australia’s Redoute’s Choice from Ireland’s Bal De Rosa.

As is typical, the lines for Danceteria are international and include notables such as Danehill and Danzig from the U.S., the top performers Canny Lad and Bletchingly from Australia and of course, Northern Dancer from Canada.

It seems like all Thoroughbreds have a connection to Northern Dancer. We ourselves have mulled the idea of getting our DNA tested to see if we are related. If so, it would be our most famous relative, but if we were to switch to notorious, we might find plenty of names.

Danceteria has won seven times from 16 starts and seems well suited to Cox Plate distance, with a record that ranges from a mile to 2000 metres.

His recent win in Germany’s Group 1 Grosser Dallmyar-Preis in Munich and a strong fourth in England.

The horse that finished second to Winx in last year’s Cox Plate, Benbatyl, won the same race and came down under to win the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.

The other Cox Plate invitation to a foreigner by the MVRC went to three-year-old Madhmoon. The three-year-old colt has an Arabian sheik for an owner and ran second in Great Britain’s Group 1 Epsom Derby.

Diligent researchers that we are, we had a look at his lines and found, you guessed it, Northern Dancer. He has not southern hemisphere blood in his veins.

The first round of nominations for the 2019 Cox Plate are due by August 6 and MVRC exec Michael Browell said, in part, “We are really confident of securing high-quality international horses to the race from the invitations we have previously sent.”

Distance racers are a vanishing breed in Australia and the idea of filling the field with imports does not set well with the more jingoistic of Australia’s racing set, but the world of today’s Thoroughbred racing scene is a world without borders.

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